Leadership and Innovation in Health

Australia is not the only country that has a healthcare system struggling to meet community needs and educate health professionals. It’s an important global discussion, which has led to calls for healthcare reform – and one we, as professionals, need to lead.

Monash University in collaboration with the Harvard Macy Institute will deliver the sixth iteration of Leadership and Innovation in Health, a five-day short course, right on your doorstep in Melbourne. In this unique program on leadership, innovation, and sustainability in health, thought leaders from Monash University, the Harvard Macy Institute, and internationally, will share their expertise to provide you with innovative ways to tackle global healthcare challenges.

As a scholar in Leadership and Innovation in Health, you will have access to world leaders in this area. You'll participate in small and large group discussions, interactive presentations, and panel discussions. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to a project that you bring to the course, and start conversations about the challenges of containing rising costs while still providing quality health care.

By completing this course, you will join the Harvard Macy Institute / Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education global community of practice.

This course can be completed as a short course or as a 12 credit point unit toward a Monash award degree.
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What you can expect

You will work closely with local and international thought leaders to identify challenges and develop strategies to lead and manage innovation and change in healthcare reform through your individual project work, case studies, journal clubs and group discussions.
Examples of themes that will be covered are:

  • Healthcare system design and funding.
  • Health workforce planning and development.
  • Challenges to current healthcare delivery in Australasia and internationally.
  • Innovations in healthcare system and education planning.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify local and global issues which affect the sustainability of healthcare delivery and education.
  • Examine a range of different healthcare and health education models of delivery.
  • Apply design thinking processes to develop innovative ways to meet the healthcare needs of the community.
  • Articulate the rationale for researching these key areas of intensive research.
  • Apply an in-depth understanding of at least one relevant area of the current literature to educational practice.
  • Communicate a coherent summary of issues in a particular topical domain within the health professional education literature.
  • Synthesise the implications of empirical and theoretical literature underpinning health professional education practice.
  • Critique a range of perspectives within a particular topical domain within health professional education literature.
  • Apply theoretical and empirical literature to the development of educational innovations within their own health professional education context.

Application process

  1. Please provide your scholar details and short project proposal through our course application portal
  2. Within a week of your application, you will receive your application outcome
  3. Payment must be made within two weeks of your application approval


Course Directors

Professor Margaret Hay

Marg is the inaugural Director of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) in the Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), and also the inaugural Director of the Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education (MIHCE).

Marg is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and an AHPRA registered psychologist with specialist endorsement in Health Psychology. Marg was, until mid 2019, the inaugural Academic Director of Student Admissions for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Her work in admissions extends across implementation, research, and governance roles. She Chaired the UMAT/UCAT Australia/New Zealand Test Management Committee from 2011 to February 2019, and is a former member of the GAMSAT Policy Committee.

Prior to her current appointments Marg was Director, MBBS Admissions; Director, MBBS Assessment Data Analysis; Convenor, MBBS Assessment; and Convenor of Years 1 & 2 of the Monash MBBS. Marg has won a number of teaching prizes, including a Dean's Award for Teaching Innovation for her work in MBBS Assessment.

Marg is Leader of External Programs, course advisor, and member of faculty for the Harvard Macy Institute, Boston USA. She is a member of the course advisory committee for the Harvard Medical School Master's in Medical Education degree, and a member of the Association of Medical Educators Europe (AMEE) Research Committee where she is Network Lead for the Research Paper Presentations. She is an Associate Editor and Co-Statistical Editor for the journal Perspectives on Medical Education. Marg has supervised to timely completion 18 Doctoral, and numerous Masters and honours research projects.

Marg received her Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Hons) from La Trobe University, her Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from the University of Melbourne, her Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education from Monash University, and her PhD from La Trobe University.

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Professor Liz Armstrong

Liz Armstrong is the Director of the Harvard Macy Institute and Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She has held positions at Harvard Medical School since 1984, including Director of Curriculum 1988-1992 and Director of Medical Education 1992-2001.

A recent recipient of the prestigious Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education which is awarded annually to an individual for extraordinary contributions to the medical education community. The award was first presented by the association in 1958 and is the AAMC's most prestigious honor. The Flexner Award recognizes the highest standards in medical education and honors individuals whose impact on medical education is national in scope. Watch the video here

She has played a leadership role in designing, implementing, and expanding Harvard's New Pathway curriculum. In 1994 with funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, she created and continues to direct the Harvard Macy Institute. The Institute offers professional development programs for physician-educators and  leaders of reform in medical education worldwide. The global impact of the Harvard Macy Institute's programs expanded in 2001 when Liz joined Harvard Medical International as Director for Education Programs. Since then, she has customized the Harvard Macy programs through collaborative efforts with the  Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom, the Council of Deans in Australia, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, the University of Queensland in Australia, the National University of Singapore and most recently Monash University in Australia.

She has served on and chaired many Harvard Medical School committees and was a member of Cornell University's Board of Trustees and Cornell's Medical School Board of Overseers assisting in the major curricular reforms undertaken at their Medical College and School of Veterinary Medicine. Liz is currently a  member of the Editorial Board for Academic Medicine and is a Co-Director of the United States Europe Medical Education Exchange program. As a member of China Medical Board's Institute for International Education, she has been instrumental in developing global minimum essential requirements in medical education.  Recognized worldwide as an expert in medical education, she has lectured and written on this subject and received an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Lund Medical Faculty in recognition of her international contributions to medical education.

Liz received her B.S. from Cornell University; M.A. in Teaching from Harvard University; Ph.D. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Boston College.

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Associate Professor Tom Aretz

Tom Aretz is a member of Partners HealthCare International (PHI)’s senior management team focusing largely on academic programs and institutions, such as universities, medical schools and academic medical centers.

A native of Germany, Tom has been in the academic practice of cardiovascular pathology since 1981. He was the course director of a major integrated medical school course at Harvard from 1992 to 2005. He is a Program Director for the Harvard Macy Institute, and has been involved in international programs since 1996. He holds a clinical appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he completed his post-doctoral training. He has served on many academic and hospital (IRB chairman) committees and industrial boards, and is the co-founder of three medical technology companies. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is certified in anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Tom has lectured and published extensively and has received multiple teaching awards at Harvard Medical School and MGH. He has also won recognition for his efforts to improve medical education around the world through intra-institutional collaborations. In 2006 he was named an “Ehrenbürger” (honorary citizen) of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich for his contributions to the long-standing then-PHMI-LMU alliance. In 2007, he was recognized with a MILES Award (Mentoring, Innovation, and Leadership in Educational Scholarship), given by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of global medical education and academic medicine.

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